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J Org Chem. 2015 Apr 17;80(8):3982-97. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.5b00337. Epub 2015 Apr 8.

Synthesis of fluorophosphate nucleotide analogues and their characterization as tools for ¹⁹F NMR studies.

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†Division of Biophysics, Institute of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Zwirki i Wigury 93, 02-089 Warsaw, Poland.
§Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warsaw, Poland.
‡Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, 12 Mansfield Road, OX1 3TA Oxford, United Kingdom.
∥Laboratory of Biological NMR, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Pawinskiego 5a, 02-106 Warsaw, Poland.


To broaden the scope of existing methods based on (19)F nucleotide labeling, we developed a new method for the synthesis of fluorophosphate (oligo)nucleotide analogues containing an O to F substitution at the terminal position of the (oligo)phosphate moiety and evaluated them as tools for (19)F NMR studies. Using three efficient and comprehensive synthetic approaches based on phosphorimidazolide chemistry and tetra-n-butylammonium fluoride, fluoromonophosphate, or fluorophosphate imidazolide as fluorine sources, we prepared over 30 fluorophosphate-containing nucleotides, varying in nucleobase type (A, G, C, U, m(7)G), phosphate chain length (from mono to tetra), and presence of additional phosphate modifications (thio, borano, imido, methylene). Using fluorophosphate imidazolide as fluorophosphorylating reagent for 5'-phosphorylated oligos we also synthesized oligonucleotide 5'-(2-fluorodiphosphates), which are potentially useful as (19)F NMR hybridization probes. The compounds were characterized by (19)F NMR and evaluated as (19)F NMR molecular probes. We found that fluorophosphate nucleotide analogues can be used to monitor activity of enzymes with various specificities and metal ion requirements, including human DcpS enzyme, a therapeutic target for spinal muscular atrophy. The compounds can also serve as reporter ligands for protein binding studies, as exemplified by studying interaction of fluorophosphate mRNA cap analogues with eukaryotic translation initiation factor (eIF4E).

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